Welcome to
Rootin' Ridge Toymakers!


In 2015:

  • We will celebrate 40+ years of toymaking
  • We will both turn 65
  • Social Security & Medicare will be available
  • Our lease will be up
  • Our backs are bowed
  • And our hands are tired!

                                         ...a perfect storm

So, in December 2015, we will close the door of our Austin store for the very last time.  We will maintain our on-line store for a while in 2016 but will only carry a few custom items and unit blocks.

All of our current stock of
puzzles, games, wheeled toys is limited. 

SO, don't wait too long!   

Come by and shop while selections are still good.

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are Made

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Meet the Toymakers!

Georgean and Paul in 1976

Georgean and Paul in 2008

In 1975, Paul was a carpenter and Georgean was a data processor. We had been married for five years, were hand-building our own house in the hills northwest of Austin, Texas and were looking for a way to start "Living the Good Life" we had read about in the columns written by Scott and Helen Nearing in the Mother Earth News. We rented an 8' x 20' space in a craft mall, quit our "real jobs" and started making wooden toys. Our opening day was appropriately April Fool's Day, 1975. By the end of the month, we had sold $150 worth of our original hand-crafted designs. No one was impressed but us -- but that was all that mattered. In 1976 we made our one and only expansion when we moved to our current "expansive" location of 442 square feet.

Now in the 21st century, we are still hand-making the same simple, safe and sturdy wooden toys that have delighted preschoolers for four decades. Children who grew up with our toys now have children of their own that they bring to our shop. We have been honored by several generations of Rootin' Ridge customers!

Georgean and Paul Kyle

Rootin' Ridge Toymakers
1206 West 38th , Suite 1105
Austin TX 78705
(512) 453-2604

Located in the 26 Doors Shopping Center
Across the street from the
Seton Medical Center

10:00 AM 'till 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday
10:00 AM 'till 4:00 PM Saturday
Closed on Sunday

December hours will depend
on our remaining inventory.

Our target date for closing is
Saturday, December 12th

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Georgean and Paul in 2014